Arms of Tübingen, Germany


In use since 1272; ornamentations granted 1514

Blazon: Or a gonfanon gules; on top of the shield two arms in saltire proper, clad in puffed sleeves gules slashed or, each holding an antler sable

The source of the gonfanon is the arms of the principal branch of the Counts Palatine of Tübingen, who were based in the area in the early twelfth century. I don’t generally make a practice of describing shield ornamentations that don’t fall into the standard crest/supporters/mantling format, but these do appear to be explicitly part of the official blazon. They were evidently granted by Duke Ulrich of Württemberg (hence the antlers) for the town’s loyalty during the Poor Conrad uprising.

Arms of Birmingham, England


Granted 1977

Blazon: Per quarterly I and IV azure a bend of five lozenges conjoined or, II and III per pale indented or and gules, overall on a cross ermine a mitre proper

Crest: On a wreath or and azure issuant from a mural crown or charged with a Tudor rose a dexter arm embowed holding a hammer all proper

Supporters: On the dexter a figure representing Art proper vested argent wreathed with laurel vert tied by a riband gules, holding in the sinister hand resting on the shield a book bound of the last and in the dexter a palette with two brushes proper; on the sinister a figure representing Industry habited as a smith, holding in the dexter hand resting on the shield a cupel and in the sinister a hammer resting on an anvil all proper

Mantling: Azure lined or

Motto: Forward

Both coats quartered here were used by the de Bermingham family at various points in time. The family also quartered the coats, but in opposite quarters; the city changed the order for difference. The city was previously granted arms in 1889, which used a fess ermine instead of a cross, and a mural crown instead of a mitre. The supporters in the previous arms were also reversed, with Industry on the dexter and Art on the sinister.